Tom Thibodeau’s “slander” continues – and it’s not just the media.
Former Pacers all-star striker David West disarmed the Knicks, saying they had to go to a younger coach who interacts better with the players.
West told an Athletic witness how badly Thibodeau mismanaged Timberwolves players in 2017. Tibodeau was fired in 2019. Month of January.
Western remarks came to light one day after Thibodeau’s friend Jeff Van Gundy said the media had persuaded a “major slander” for the new Knicks coach.
“My thing about knitting a Knicks is the one I’ve seen (being) competing with (Tibodeo) Timberwolves. “Everyone who is honest with you has seen the situation get worse,”; West said. “And the optics of that situation, in my opinion, were like this:‘ Oh, yes, it ended there. How they are finished.
“With that team, we went to China (2017) and played two matches against them. It’s like Yo. The guys didn’t respond, and I like, ‘Man, this is the pre-season. We haven’t made it to the league yet and these guys aren’t responding. “
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Western reference to 2017 It’s ironic, given that the season at Thibodeau overcame the franchise’s 13-year drought drought. When he was fired, reports showed his connection to young stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
“From that perspective, and then looking at who the Knicks are, it’s a young team, they have a lot of young (players) I feel (there are) young, talented men,” said West, who played for 15 years in the NBA League. and withdrew after the 2017-18 season.
“I’m just not a fan to give them that style. I thought there are coaches who haven’t taken advantage of such opportunities yet (who were better suited for that). “
The Knicks interviewed 11 candidates, including young assistants Jason Kidd, Jamahl Mosley, Ime Udoka and Will Hardy.
“I think the work of the Knicks is a big job, regardless of the state of the franchise. It’s still the Knicks, “West said. “I just thought they could have turned the other way. And brought a young man who could probably be better connected to the players. You can ask the guys, but anyone who has experienced a crowd that there is a mess in Minnesota will tell you that… hence it wasn’t the players. That’s all I’ll say. “
Suns coach Monty Williams, who worked with Thibodeau in 2016, on Tuesday. Team USA in the Olympic team, challenged this view 62 years ago Thibodeau.
“I’m laughing at all these people who say he can’t develop younger players and he’s driving his teams out,” Williams told SiriusXM radio. “Look at the success and results of his programs, teams testify.”